MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: ROBERT WHITTAKER VS. LUKE ROCKHOLD TARGETED FOR UFC 221
Ariel Helwani Accounts that Robert Whittaker will Confront Luke Rockhold at FC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia.
For the name, this will be with winner Georges St-Pierre not returning to the division per TSN.
Whittaker (19-4) headsi into his first title defence off an eight battle win streak, including a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero in UFC 213 where he seized the interim middleweight title. The 26-year-old has completed two of the three opponents. Rockhold (16-3) is coming off a stoppage victory over David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Strikeforce champion and the former UFC has won half of the last seven fights. .
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC 220
MMAJunkie broke the news that heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will face Francis Ngannou in UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in TD Garden in Boston.
Miocic (17-2) is now riding a five-fight win series including a first-round TKO victory over Junior Dos Santos in UFC 211 back May. The 35-year-old has won eight of the last nine fights. Ngannou (11-1) has stayed undefeated in the UFC and conquered Alistair Overeem final weekend at UFC 218 by first-round knockout. The 31-year-old hasn’t lost a fight since December 2013. Here’s an updated look at the card.
Stipe Miocic (c) vs. Francis Ngannouo — for heavyweight title
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Volkan Oezdemir — to get light heavyweight title
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar
Kyle Bochniak vs. Brandon Davis
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